[artist id="1838768"]Trey Songz[/artist] premiered the first video from his forthcoming album Passion, Pain & Pleasure on BET’s “106 & Park” Tuesday night, the uptempo “Bottoms Up,” featuring [artist id="3055069"]Nicki Minaj[/artist]. The clip was directed by Anthony Mandler (Jay-Z, Rihanna, Drake) and shows the singer in a funhouse type of environment.
Clad in all black, from his suit to his dark sunglasses, Trey Songz is surrounded by women dancing seductively behind glass walls. Themes of bondage and voyeurism are teased throughout the clip as the singer makes his way around the space, while quick edits and lighting changes create a frenetic vibe.
Songz described the video as a tool that “heightens” the energy of the track. ” ‘Bottoms Up,’ I feel, is a very creative video,” he told MTV News earlier this month from the set. “[It's] different from me or what’s expected from me and anything I’ve shot for that matter. Anthony used a lot of different shooting techniques. I think it heightens whatever it is that the song has already — the drive, the vigor, the club anthem, the energy in the record is definitely heightened in the video.”
Nicki Minaj guests both on the song and in the clip, and Songz said the femcee did an “excellent job” contributing to “Bottoms Up.” Minaj spits, “Yelling, all around the world, do you hear me/ Do you like my body, Anna Nicki?/ Rest in peace to Anna Nicole Smith.”
Minaj sports a blond wig and snug black bustier in the video. “She definitely comes in and spazzes,” the singer laughed. “She brings a different energy to the record. I wanted her to take it to a different place and that’s what she did, even in the video.”
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